Finding Parenting Lessons in 'Where the Wild Things Are'

Monday, October 19, 2009

Are there parenting lessons to learn from Spike Jonze's new movie, "Where the Wild Things Are?" New York Times blogger Lisa Belkin says Jonze's film, and the classic children's book that inspired it, could serve as guides for the parents of so-called wild boys. She joins Anthony Rao, child psychologist and author of "The Way of Boys: Raising Healthy Boys in a Challenging and Complex World," along with his co-author Michelle Seaton, to find the parenting lessons in Sendak's tale and Jonze's movie.

Read a chapter from Rao and Seaton's book in The New York Times' 'Motherlode' Blog: "When Time-Outs Don't Work."


Tony Rao and Michelle Seaton


Lisa Belkin and Jen Poyant

Comments [1]


What a great interview and so perfect!!! I have a Wild Thing. Actually, he is incredibly polite and empathic and kind but is so Wild. Most of his nearly 8 year old life has been spent running around with wooden swords and fighting pirates and ghosts and monsters of all types. Thanks for the reminder of his "normalcy" as a boy. Also, this interview is being forwarded to a good friend whose son is getting "armchair diagnosed" by a preschool teacher as well. Thanks again. Dana

Oct. 19 2009 09:18 AM

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